Reviews written by marlow

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Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by marlow     May 29, 2009
Last updated: April 17, 2010
Overall rating 
 
2.9
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
2.0
Overall 
 
3.0

Acceptable, but not for every day.

La Charlotte makes for an interesting change of pace, but one has to be in the right mood for it. It also helps if you have a high tolerance...

Reviewed by marlow     May 29, 2009
Last updated: January 23, 2010
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

A good, delicate flavor.

I found the Pacifique to be well done, but it probably will never be a favorite of mine. It begins a pale shade of peridot. The color before...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by marlow     March 23, 2009
Last updated: March 30, 2010
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.0

Hurrah for Moonshiners!

I believe La Clandestine is the best blanche I've tried to date, just edging out the also excellent La P'tite. It begins perfectly clear and louches to a uniform...

Reviewed by marlow     January 29, 2009
Last updated: March 30, 2010
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

Stop! Hammer time!

The Marteau is a very, very nice absinthe. It begins a natural olive green and louches to a very attractive jade, with golden undertones. The louche builds very...

Reviewed by marlow     January 03, 2009
Last updated: March 30, 2010
Overall rating 
 
2.9
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
2.0

A work in progress....

I have to say I am somewhat disappointed with Leopold's absinthe. I've been reading a lot of good reviews about batch-by-batch improvements to the product, but as of #14,...

Absinthe Substitutes
Reviewed by marlow     December 20, 2008
Overall rating 
 
2.6
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
1.0
Overall 
 
2.0

USDA Marginal

The best thing one can say about Absente is that it looks the part. The color before water is actually quite nice, a natural looking pale peridot. The...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by marlow     December 19, 2008
Last updated: September 02, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

Vieux Pontarlier - high quality and affordable.

I'm giving this absinthe marks. Visually, it's just about perfect, starting as a lovely and bright, peridot green and louching to an equally attractive, opalescent jade. The louche...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by marlow     September 15, 2008
Last updated: December 21, 2008
Overall rating 
 
3.6
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
3.0

A sound offering...

This was my first time trying a Spanish absinthe, and I went into it a bit concerned about the purported "mint" flavor of this drink. In that regard, however,...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by marlow     February 22, 2008
Last updated: April 05, 2010
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

Alabaster perfection...

As with the Kubler, I found myself at first struggling with how to rate the color of a blanche, but in the end, the beautiful crystal clarity of La Ptite...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by marlow     December 31, 2007
Last updated: April 22, 2010
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.0

Another excellent Jade absinthe

As is typical of Jades, the Edouard pours a beautiful, clear, natural peridot, and then louches to a very pleasing jade green, with undertones of amber and blue. The...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by marlow     December 29, 2007
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

Refreshing and spicy

I'm very fond of Jade's Nouvelle Orleans. It pours out an attractive peridot green and louches to a pleasing jade. The color and louche are perhaps not as...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by marlow     December 25, 2007
Last updated: December 29, 2008
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
3.0

Not a Chopin Nocturne, but still pretty good

This is an absinthe that I genuinely enjoy drinking, even though I would not list it among my very favorites. Visually, it's unremarkable. It begins a pale peridot,...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by marlow     December 25, 2007
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
5.0

I think we have a winner....

I'm very, very impressed with the 1797. To begin with, it's a gorgeous peridot green: clear and bright, but perfectly natural. With a slow drip of ice cold...

Reviewed by marlow     December 24, 2007
Last updated: January 04, 2009
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0

My first blanche...

Like others, I struggled with how to rate the color of a blanche. Before water, it's perfectly clear, but I felt that awarding it a "5" would skew the...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by marlow     December 24, 2007
Last updated: January 04, 2009
Overall rating 
 
3.6
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0

Good, but not great...

I had heard a lot about the Belle Amie and was expecting "wonderful things," but I found that while good, this absinthe left me wanting more. The color seemed...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by marlow     December 22, 2007
Overall rating 
 
4.9
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
5.0

Very nearly perfect...

As of this writing, the PF 1901 is the best absinthe I've tasted. To begin, it's a lovely peridot green, very natural and yet a perfect hue and intensity....

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by marlow     December 12, 2007
Last updated: December 21, 2008
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

Verte de Fougerolles 72

Before water, the Verte de Fougerolles looks like an unusually clear olive oil, and it is perhaps not the most attractive absinthe on the market (especially if one is expecting...

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